... a weekly letter of encouragement.
November 28, 1994
HOW ARE YOU GOING ABOUT THE WORK OF GOD? By:
Hurried busy activity?
Inner striving for perfection?
Fastidious attention to standards of performance?
THIS IS NOT GOD'S WAY:
"DON'T BE [MORBIDLY EXACTING AND EXTERNALLY] RIGHTEOUS OVERMUCH, neither strive to make yourself [pretentiously appear] overwise - why should you [get puffed up and] destroy yourself [with presumptuous self-sufficiency]?" (Ecclesiastes 7:16 - Amplified)
Someone has said, "Woe to the nervous activity of those of little faith."
Jesus' life was characterized by restful determination in accomplishing the work of God. Never in a hurry, He was poised, natural...purposeful.
And so it should be with us: "There remains...a...rest for the people of God." (Hebrews 4:9)
The real work of God is done behind the scenes during private times of reflection upon His word, worship, intercession, and pondering His eternal purposes. Then, sensing and moving with the inner prompting of the Spirit.
Gutzon Borglum commented, "When I carve a statue, it is very simple. I merely cut away the pieces that don't belong there and the statue itself presently comes into view. It was there all the time."
The life of Jesus Christ waits within us to find full expression through us in accomplishing His work. We can nervously hammer away at getting Him out...or we can rest as He cuts "away the pieces that don't belong there."
"For it is God who is at work within you, giving you the will and the power to achieve His purpose." (Philippians 2:13 - Phillips Translation)
Have a great week!
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